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Lake Tahoe Fire Leaves Tremendous Scar on Land
06.29.07
 
After scorching more than 3,100 acres, or about 4.7 square miles, the devastating Lake Tahoe wildfire has left a tremendous burn scar on the landscape of this resort community.

The Lake Tahoe wildfire has left a tremendous burn scar on the landscape.

On June 27, 2007, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the land singed by the Angora fire. The burned area appears dark gray and stretches through the center of the above image.

Two consecutive days with mild winds have aided firefighter efforts to gain control over the blaze. As of June, 29, 2007, the fire was more than 70 percent contained, and fire officials are predicting full containment within four to five days.

With complete containment on the horizon, fire officials reopened several major roads and downgraded some mandatory evacuation orders to voluntary.

Since the fire began on June 24, 2007, a total of 3,500 people were evacuated and 254 homes were destroyed by the blaze.

Credit: NASA's MODIS Rapid Response

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Laura Spector
Goddard Space Flight Center